From art openings to plays, poetry readings to apple dumpling eating, there is plenty to do in Fargo-Moorhead this weekend.

1. Yahya Frederickson


Minnesota State University Moorhead's Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series didn't need to look too far for this fall's featured artist. MSUM's own Yahya Frederickson reads from his recently published book of poetry, "In a Homeland Not Far" at 4:30 today on MSUM's Library Porch. An MSUM graduate, Frederickson spent six years in Yemen where he fell in love, started a family and converted to Islam. The collection brings readers halfway around the world to observe and appreciate life, love, friendship, faith and humanity. The reading is free and open to the public.

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2. 'Macbeth'

Tonight - Saturday

Before there was the series "House of Cards," there was "Macbeth". That's how Craig Ellingson of Minnesota State University Moorhead is spinning his new staging of Shakespeare's classic. It's not much of a stretch. Both stories are based on political ambition and the deceit and backstabbing (literally) used by the main characters to reach their goals. Ellingson stays true to Shakespeare's original setting-Scotland in the Middle Ages-but viewers will see reflections of today's political climate in the drama. This play contains sexual content and of course, lots of blood. Showtimes are 7:30 tonight through Saturday at the Gaede Stage, MSUM. Tickets from $10 to $20., (218) 477-2271.

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3. Mike Marth


Mike Marth returns to Ecce Gallery, 216 Broadway, Fargo, for his annual October show, but this one is something different. The Moorhead artist has always worked with textures-from concrete and coffee grounds to telephones and toy soldiers embedded in a canvas-and this time he's giving fans something different to reach out and touch. Marth has created a larger-than-life credit card, complete with raised letters, and an accompanying lotteria card. The works tap into his sense of humor and give art fans plenty to smile about. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Tonight., (701) 361-7067.

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4. 'Dial "M" for Murder'

Friday - Sunday

"Dial 'M' for Murder" was a silver screen hit for Alfred Hitchcock in 1954, but the noir drama found a long second life on the stage. There's little mystery to the tale-a married man blackmails a petty criminal into murdering his wife-but the plot twists and quick-thinking characters keep you glued to your seat. The Fargo Moorhead Community Theater takes a stab-pun intended-at this classic with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday and again next week. The action takes place at The Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St. S., Fargo. Tickets from $15 to $21., (701) 235-6778.

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5. Apple Dumpling Day


One of Fargo's longest running fall celebrations rolls around again this Sunday with Apple Dumpling Day at Riverview Place, 5300 12th St. S., Fargo. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the tasty festivities, which include a performance by the FM Jazz Orchestra, a silent auction, bake sale, raffle and tour of the facilities. The dumplings are available for a free-will donation, or $5 to go. The event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. (701) 237-4700.

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6. Milena Marinov


In conjunction with the St. John's Bible on display at the Hjemkomst Center, the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo, offers an illuminated exhibit of its own. "Icons: A Tale of Faith, Art and History" presents sacred images from Orthodox Christianity hand-painted by Milena Marinov. A reception for the show will be at 2 p.m. Sunday with the artist discussing her work at 2:30 p.m. (701) 237-0230.